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timetogohomenow Mon 27-Aug-18 03:47:40

Currently being battered by the wind in a tent in Cornwall at 3:30am so I accept that I may be being a bit unreasonable here but...

AIBU to be so disappointed in how our holiday is turning out? After months of sweating away at work in the heat, we come away on our first camping trip as a family and apart from one day, the weather has been utterly rubbish for the last 8 days.

Camping is not the fun holiday I remember it being... trudging through the mud to go to the toilet in a portacabin, air beds that keep deflating, showers that are not much more than dripping taps, neighbours who talk loudly into the night... not as fun as I remember it being pre-children.

DD's behaviour has been a nightmare in comparison to at home and I feel like all we've done is have a go at her. I suppose she's only 4 and excited but things like running off or not listening in potentially dangerous situations can't be tolerated. That's not been any fun.

Cornwall... a beautiful county but my god the crowds. I knew it would be busy with it being August (we had no choice to come any earlier or later) but literally everywhere we've tried to visit has been a complete ball ache to try to get parked. Some places we've just had to drive through as there was no chance of stopping. Where we're staying there's no public transport we could easily use. The traffic is terrible! The supermarkets where we are are like scenes from an apocalypse film. How the locals cope living down here I do not know.

I know I'm just being a miserable so and so and I realise how lucky we are to be in a situation where we can (just about!) afford a family holiday but AIBU to be so disappointed? We've got 4 nights left and I just feel like packing up and going home! Please tell me in years to come I'll look back on this holiday with fond memories and not lament about the time we spent probably as much as we would have going abroad to stay in a wet, miserable, busy place in a tent!

timetogohomenow Mon 27-Aug-18 03:48:02

Sorry that was a long moan!!

araiwa Mon 27-Aug-18 03:50:34

Yanbu- it sounds shit

BrokenFlipflop Mon 27-Aug-18 03:55:42

I'm sorry that you're having such a bad time. It sounds horrendous to be honest. I can't imagine trying to keep a 4 yr old enrertained for another 4 days if it continues to rain.

Unless the weather is due to massively improve I would honestly leave. Youll be fed up, cold and wet and probably spending money simply to find indoor type activities. You could be at home but still having fun with your daughter and a few days off work with your DH.

WTFdidwedo Mon 27-Aug-18 03:56:11

Definitely not being unreasonable, it sounds horrendous. I have no idea as I fucking hate it, but I assume camping in Cornwall in August is rather expensive, perhaps you could look at Air BNB type places (that have solid brick walls) in less expensive areas of the country for next time!

LotsToThinkOf Mon 27-Aug-18 04:00:13

Nah, yanbu! I'd hate that and would probably have gone home after day 3 of bad weather so you've done well to stick it out that long. As a parent I find that most experiences have lost their fun and I don't mean that I don't enjoy having my children. But the stress of making everything happen and keeping everyone safe takes the sparkle off everything, I suppose it's the reality of things. The other thing is the pressure to make things fun, at four your Dd will only remember the fun bits anyway, but it's stressful.

IME camping is awful.

speakfriendandenter Mon 27-Aug-18 04:07:01

Oh no! I remember as a child having to abandon a few camping holidays because of awful weather. However, those are the ones me & my brother recall fondly & giggle about even now. In your position, I'd check the weather forecast & if it looked much the same, I'd admit defeat & come home. Then spend the next few days doing nice things near home as a family, hopefully remaining dry.
Sorry your break has turned out like this. No doubt the sun will return as soon as the schools start back 😕

SpoonBlender Mon 27-Aug-18 04:08:38

We were out camping last weekend. Put the tent up 4pm Friday, in the wind and spitting rain. Put the tent down again, moved near the wall on the windward side of the field, put it back up. Had dinner. Attempted to sleep. One of the tent strings snapped, tent got even more flappy in the gusty weather, earplugs barely reduced the noise. DP woke up for a pee at 4am and went to sleep in the car (apparently the newish Passat is pretty good to sleep in, doesn't mist up!). Cooked up our usual camping breakfast with the tent flapping like a bastard. Rang our co-holidayer and told her not to bother, we packed up and came home. Spent two days drying everything out.

Fortunately we were only 90 minutes from home... much sympathy for your plight!

BitOfFun Mon 27-Aug-18 04:20:50

Go home, love- it sounds horrendous, and the weather isn't getting any better any time soon. YANBU, but I hope you can laugh about it in the future.

Ghanagirl Mon 27-Aug-18 04:27:00

Yabu to go camping.

RainySeptember Mon 27-Aug-18 04:32:15

I read something about Cornwall being busier than ever due to the heatwave encouraging more people to stay in the uk.

I guess all of those people are now being forced into the handful of places suitable for a day out in wet weather.

If you've got the cash and are determined to stick it out, you could try to find a hotel for a few nights but doubt there'll be much available.

I'd go home too. It sounds miserable. Go home, dry out and have a special day out with the spending money you'll save.

ALickyBoomBoomDown Mon 27-Aug-18 04:36:31

Where you staying? I live in Cornwall and have seen it rain twice in the last week. I would just pack up and go home. It's coming to the end of silly season now but it's not too bad living here as long as you don't get stuck behind someone who doesn't know where they are going grin

Limpshade Mon 27-Aug-18 04:38:44

YANBU My first holiday with now DH was camping in Cornwall when it rained, and we spent most of the week, when we weren't sightseeing, either in the pub or playing cards in the tiny boot of his Nissan Micra - I have NO IDEA how I'd entertain a 4yo in that scenario.

Bumpitybumper Mon 27-Aug-18 04:44:55

Of course YANBU, how disappointing!

Like you say, we have had weeks of fabulous weather which would have been amazing to camp in and it's really bad luck that your holiday has been ruined by this spell of miserable weather. Also young children behaving badly on holiday can seriously test any parent so you've done well to hang in there for as long as you have, but I would be seriously thinking about abandoning the holiday now and coming back home. You can always spend the next few days visiting attractions near your home which hopefully would be a bit less crowded than Cornwall, plus you would go back to a warm, dry house at the end of the day trips.

Ginandplatonic Mon 27-Aug-18 04:52:00

Definitely go home if the weather's not looking up. Part of the art of camping is knowing when to admit defeat! grin

4 is a tricky age for camping too. I mean why put yourself through that pain it when she may not even remember it?? I'd give it a rest for a couple of years and try again when DC is older.

Flashinggreen Mon 27-Aug-18 04:52:43

I hated camping without children, it’s even worse with them. Everyone gets tired and fractious. And in this rain and wind?!

I’d either get a b&b tonight or try and ride it out one more night. Don’t travel until Tuesday afternoon though, otherwise everyone will be on the roads.

Well done for lasting this long!

Oysterbabe Mon 27-Aug-18 05:00:15

12 days camping?! Are you out of your mind? Not a holiday imo, I'd rather be at home.

IAmNotAWitch Mon 27-Aug-18 05:02:18

I just don't understand camping.

People built shelters and moved inside for a reason.

What's fun about no running/hot water, comfortable bed etc?

I love nature and fresh air, but at the end of the day I want a hot shower, something nice to eat and a fresh clean bed.

Camping is just bizarre.

Aquamarine1029 Mon 27-Aug-18 05:11:15

I would go home immediately. Enjoy the last few days of your holiday in your own home. Fuck camping.

PlayingForKittens Mon 27-Aug-18 05:14:21

We went to Scotland, lovely but it rained every single fucking day and by day 3 I was threatening to drive to the airport and get a flight somewhere hot. Really hope it improves for you.

CharlotteUnaNatalieThompson Mon 27-Aug-18 05:15:21

I love camping so much. But not like this in shite weather - I'd have left already!

If you're not totally out of in the future then check out the camping topic for suggestions on how to make it more enjoyable next time. It also gets easier when kids are older.

Sorry for your disappointment and hope you can enjoy the last few days even if that is by admitting defeat and going home

deepsea Mon 27-Aug-18 05:51:38

I agree you might find it more fun being at home with comforts and hot showers and you can relax.

Be happy that you gave your child a camping experience (you are better than me I tried it for one night and never again) this summer, this holiday will no doubt go down as a good story in the family treasure trove for years to come. You WILL laugh about it one day honestly.

[flowers[ gin

Cherrysherbet Mon 27-Aug-18 06:00:55

Sounds crap op. YANBU.

Singlenotsingle Mon 27-Aug-18 06:08:47

Caravans are better. Try Haven or Parkdean next time. At least you get shelter if the weather's bad, and all your home comforts.

KnotsInMay Mon 27-Aug-18 06:16:33

Oh, god , I would be raging at the injustice if the weather!

All that heat and then this when you go on holiday!

I love camping, but the situation has to be right.

Study the forecast retreat, or move to an area with better weather, if there is one?

givemesteel Mon 27-Aug-18 06:23:30

Yanbu op, it sounds really hard going.

It is very frustrating when the weather has been amazing as you say.

August is often quite poor weather wise, it is such a shame school holidays are during this month, every August for as long as I can remember has been shit for weather.

I guess it's just a learning curve, maybe that lsort of holiday doesn't work in this country, with a kid so young.

We had a really shit holiday in Cornwall a few years ago, in hindsight I wish that we'd aborted much earlier, as all the bickering and misery during it really impacted my marriage for a while.

Snog Mon 27-Aug-18 06:24:49

I feel your painOP and I've no
Idea how you have survived 8 days so far.
Wishing you some perfect weather for the next few days.

Mosret Mon 27-Aug-18 06:26:46

Oh god, sounds awful. Could you afford to go to a b&b for the last few nights?

shouldwestayorshouldwego Mon 27-Aug-18 06:27:36

We tend not to book campsite but just go with the weather to avoid these issues. Camping with children can be great when the weather is good. Ours have grown up camping so usually roll with it and were aghast when I insisted on getting a room in a torrential downpour on the final night of a holiday once.

If the weather forecast isn't going to improve then I would bail out and head home.

thatmustbenigelwiththebrie Mon 27-Aug-18 06:27:57

I have never been to Cornwall but everything I have ever read about it puts me off. It sounds like it's a nightmare. I don't want to travel hours from North Yorkshire to sit in a traffic jam. Could you try somewhere less busy next time?

DinosApple Mon 27-Aug-18 06:29:22

Yanbu. Nothing worse than persistent pissing down rain in a tent.

We now avoid the south west in the summer holidays. The scenery is beautiful, but the crowds!

GinIsIn Mon 27-Aug-18 06:30:30

YANBU. Going away in summer can be a nightmare. I live in a famously touristy bit of coast. TBH May to September we pretty much batten down the hatches and wait for everyone to go away.

kalinkafoxtrot45 Mon 27-Aug-18 06:31:05

YWNBU to bail out and enjoy the last few days of your holiday at home. This is why camping is awful.

MartyMcFly1984 Mon 27-Aug-18 06:31:45

At the very least find a soft play (different part of hell) where you can sit in the dry with a cuppa and let dd burn off some steam.

alwaysultra Mon 27-Aug-18 06:32:38

YANBU sounds crap. Go home. I did a supernatural run yesterday in this weather it was horrible. Why are you living in a tent in it for fun?

Kemer2018 Mon 27-Aug-18 06:37:21

Yanbu. All of your reasons are why we stopped holidaying in the UK. We did it until child was 5 albeit in a tourer caravan which was more comfy than a tent.
Totally agree about parking,traffic,crowds,prices,
weather. My child took days to adjust so behaviour was tricky.

We go abroad now.....but i hate airports and flying. So there's always something!

Can you go home?

Trooperslaneagain Mon 27-Aug-18 06:38:50

Op - we LOVE camping. We genuinely do.

Except this year in our new £7(fucking).00 tent which we bought in April. Tent leaked. Tent is now back with manufacturer and we are having a fight with them.

8 nights. First 4 ok, but DD not sleeping. Last 2 nights it rained like buggery and DH spent half the last night outside banging in tent pegs.

He was meant to be driving home, but he was so tired and having nearly put his back out carrying the fucking soaking thing to the car, I had to......My pants were soaking and I shivered all the way whilst everyone in the car had a fight about the heating/lack of and the windows kept steaming up.

DD whined all the way home until she fucking fell asleep half an hour away from home and we had 25 mins to get ready for a christening.

On the way up, I told DH we were getting divorced and DD was going to boarding school. He agreed grin

Short version: if it's really that bad, cut your losses and hunker up at home with jammies, movies and popcorn and a shit load of gin

gerbilgirl Mon 27-Aug-18 06:42:05

Not sure what part of Cornwall you are staying in but the weather has really not been that bad! There is so much to do and ours kids love going to the beach or out for a walk even if it's a bit wet - just need wellies and a waterproof jacket! You could pop in somewhere after for a cosy hot chocolate 😀

There are so many attractions to do even if the sun isn't shining - our 4 and 7 year olds enjoy Eden, the museum in Truro, Owl Sanctuary, Newquay Zoo and Aquarium, there are also cinemas (wtw do £5 a ticket on Mondays!) indoor play areas as well as trampoline parks (although you will need an under 5 session for a 4 year old)!

I think you need to try and make the last few days of your holiday as fun and memorable as you can, Cornwall is a beautiful county and the weather shouldn't be affecting your enjoyment as much as it appears - maybe see if you can get into a b and b for a couple of nights as maybe the sleeping in a tent is getting you down.

Also don't worry about us locals as we are used to how our County is at this time of year and wouldn't have it any other way - also silly season is nearly over so it will all go back to normal soon 😁

pictish Mon 27-Aug-18 06:42:50

Cornwall in August was only ever going to be an overcrowded shitfest, so a lesson learned there. I’d never consider it.

As for the camping, while we do scaled down proper wild camping...I just love family campsite camping. Do you have EHU with heaters and lights and stuff? Get yourself a super comfy 10cm self inflating mat instead of an airbed - those things always deflate. Have your films downloaded and curl up with a cocoa while the rain drums on your tent roof. Blissfully cosy and fun. Get out and explore when it stops. It’s what you make it.

Shoxfordian Mon 27-Aug-18 06:55:03

Yeah Cornwall in August over the bank holiday weekend was always going to be busy and horrible. Yabu not to realise this before you went. Also camping is shit.

notsohippychick Mon 27-Aug-18 06:59:01

Ah that sounds horrible. I’d call it a day, come home and spent the rest of the holiday on Day trips near your house.

No point in struggling on if you’re miserable!

bubbles108 Mon 27-Aug-18 06:59:20

Go home and have some lunches out, play dates for your DD, day trips to make up for the horrible holiday. And sleep in your own bed. Bliss grin

Efferlunt Mon 27-Aug-18 07:01:02

3 days is my limit for camping. Go home.

I’ve read loads about Cornwall being stuffed this year, I guess with the pound holidays abroad are less attractive. It was horribly expensive where we where so considering the U.K. next year along with everyone else.

KERALA1 Mon 27-Aug-18 07:01:25

People wax lyrical about Cornwall to the extent it's seen as the "proper" place to holiday and anywhere else is "wrong". Don't see it myself summer holidays to me must include sun and if that's not guaranteed forget it.

RhiWrites Mon 27-Aug-18 07:03:02

Our family remembers the holiday in Cornwall where it rained solidly for two weeks. My mum said fuck it we’re going to Italy next year and we did.

And we weren’t even in a tent!

Fruitbatdancer Mon 27-Aug-18 07:03:10

Yanbu. We are just back from Scotland, whonafter weeks of the best weather ever it rained all pissing week. Don’t try to go to places and park, find a spot u like (walkable ideally) buy good snacks and gin. And remind yourself one day you’ll laugh about this.

SabineUndine Mon 27-Aug-18 07:03:31

I appreciate your disappointment re the weather but you complain about the crowds and the number of cars when your adding to both. Cornwall is wonderful and I go there every year but use public transport and would never dream of going in August as the weather is unreliable then.

MissWimpyDimple Mon 27-Aug-18 07:04:06

Camping is amazing but 3 nights is max I can cope with. Close to home is ideal. A field is a field after all!

4 is tricky as the whole point of camping is freedom and 4 is just a bit too young for that.

I'd go home. Try again when you know the weather will be good and go near to home.

Twotailed Mon 27-Aug-18 07:08:15

YANBU, that sounds pretty awful.

I would try and salvage some things to remember for next time. It seems like you’re away for a long time to be camping so maybe a shorter trip would be better! And I agree about crowds in Cornwall - I would try somewhere less busy next time. The west coast of Scotland has some of the best beaches in the world, and a fraction of the tourists.

It does sound from your OP that your DD is having a good time, so take comfort from the fact that you are giving her happy memories!

OneStepSideways Mon 27-Aug-18 07:11:31

I'd go home! Sorry your holiday is a disaster. It may be some comfort that your DD will remember all the fun/new/exciting bits and you'll reminisce laughing in a year or two.

Nearly every camping trip I've been on has gone wrong. Either heavy rain or getting lost or ants in the tent or waking shivering at 3am and having to lie wrapped in a coat and the picnic blanket until dawn.

Next time trying a static caravan so you have your own loo and kettle, and shelter.

Yogagirl123 Mon 27-Aug-18 07:11:41

YANBU, Camping is not a holiday even if the weather is good, I would have been home after the first night. Book into a B&B, you should you able to get somewhere tonight.

iMatter Mon 27-Aug-18 07:11:46


You wouldn't get me camping in a million years!

I would pack up and go home. Get warm and dry and do nice things as a family at home.

Electrack Mon 27-Aug-18 07:12:38

Another vote for camping being bizarre. A holiday or weekend away should be a break from routine - camping included loading and unloading the car is total drudgery

Oliversmumsarmy Mon 27-Aug-18 07:13:39

I have been to Cornwall several times and the weather has always been shit.

Also isn't camping expensive. For the same money you could fly to Spain and have a week in a small Airbnb place near the beach and have a proper holiday

NoArmaniNoPunani Mon 27-Aug-18 07:14:16

Camping is only a holiday if your home is shitter than a tent.

Cheby Mon 27-Aug-18 07:15:19

We used to do Cornwall in August as children, my mother forced us all to get up at the arse crack of dawn and be on the road for our days out at 8am. I never really understood it myself but maybe this is why she did it!

If you are going to stick it out, I’d try that. Pick somewhere to go, get up early and attempt to beat the traffic. Eat a picnic breakfast in the car before the place opens.

We went in June this year in school hols for the first time, I was braced for it being busy compared to when we have been previously during term time, and I was shocked at how quiet it was. I think this long hot summer has made people book last minute camping trips and that’s why it’s heaving down there at the moment.

My other tip would be to spend some money in a laundrette tumble drying your stuff. We had a bad weather year a couple of years ago and it was money well spent to make sure we all had properly dry PJs and towels. Even if your tent is weather proof I find all your stuff feels damp when the weather is bad.

NadiaLeon Mon 27-Aug-18 07:17:12

Moaning about the wearer is pointless. It's totally beyond your control.
Keep calm and carry on.

GrainOfSalt Mon 27-Aug-18 07:22:45

Read 'The tent, the bucket and me' and you'll never camp again grin.

stayathomer Mon 27-Aug-18 07:27:23

Yanbu and you can go home when you like and still use the words ' that time we went camping.'Get some photos taken before you go and you've a box ticked! And totally understand 4yo-they pick the worst times to act up, don't they?!

DieAntword Mon 27-Aug-18 07:29:26

Not going camping till kids are 6-8 (depending on maturity). I just cannot imagine it being fun before then. Even then might start with “glamping” and work up to the real thing.

TomHardysNextWife Mon 27-Aug-18 07:33:57

We went to St Ives in March OP and struggled parking even then. Both DH and I said never in summer!

Camping is torture. We did 3 trips and sold the tent. I'd pack up today, pitch the tent in the back garden and let your DD play in it for a few days. Everyone happy grin

ReggieKrayDoYouKnowMyName Mon 27-Aug-18 07:36:26

Fuck camping anyway, but as someone else with a lively 4yo DOUBLE fuck camping. Come home. Dry and thaw out. Have a hot bath and some gin. Go to Butlins or something next time.

mrcharlie Mon 27-Aug-18 07:38:06

We do (did) camp
We spent the last week of August in Cornwall for the past 2yrs. I love the Atlantic Ocean
Both times we stayed in a holiday cabin. There is no way I would camp there in a tent....maybe when I was young and carefree I would have jumped at it. I agree on the parking problem, it's the reason we didn't go this year and very much doubt we'll go again, also besides the fabulous beaches everything else is pretty much the same, tacky souvenir shops or food - that's it!!

In your shoes I'd have driven home late last night and woke up this morning in a warm comfy bed.

We did tenting twice, both times it pissed it down, so bought a used caravan - the costs quadrupled - and then some!! We sold last year after 7yrs. Yes, plenty of great memories, but when I tally the true cost up of camping and caravanning it's cheaper to just go abroad - which is what we now do.

Good for you for sticking it out so long.

Framboisier Mon 27-Aug-18 07:38:53

@NoArmaniNoPunani .... a Daily Mash fan!?
Came on to say exactly that.
My DH has taken our 2 camping this week in the Lake District. I am in a 5* hotel in Palma with a friend.
That's how I deal with camping holidays grin

whiteroseredrose Mon 27-Aug-18 07:39:24

We've loved camping including in the rain but when the DC were a bit older, 6+. I think your DD is a bit young to get the most out of it.

Oblomov18 Mon 27-Aug-18 07:41:21

Holidaying in the rain is miserable. Camping in the rain is even worse.

If the weather is good in the UK, nowhere is better. If the weather is rubbish, holidaying in the UK is truely miserable.

4 year olds are hard work.

Cut yourself a bit of slack.

HotSauceCommittee Mon 27-Aug-18 07:44:57

Burn the tent.
I’d rather go to prison for a couple of weeks.

fabulous01 Mon 27-Aug-18 07:46:30

I would be miserable too
Massive hugs but I think I also would go home

holidaycountdown54321 Mon 27-Aug-18 07:47:13

So sorry your holiday has turned out shit sad. When I was little we did 2 years camping in Cornwall to try and save money as my dad had been made redundant, we normally went to Europe every year camping. The 2 years we did it we ended up being cold and miserable and the money we saved on the ferry was eaten away paying to park at the beach and generally trying to find things to do to keep us entertained.

I've just come back from my summer holiday with my family, camping in the south of France. Don't want to sound shitty but it was too hot, 40 degrees. Apart from the travel costs we spent very little, free parking at the beach so there is nothing to eat your money like you would if you were trying to find something to do in bad weather. Jump on the ferry next year you'll love it! Camping is fantastic in nice weather, horrendous in bad weather.

BarbaraofSevillle Mon 27-Aug-18 07:47:17

Have you never heard of sod's law OP? Nothing is guaranteed to produce shit weather more than camping on a bank holiday in the UK. It's a massive surprise if that's not what you get.

And as for crowds in Cornwall in August, what did you expect?

Sorry to sound unsympathetic, but theres a reason why so many people go abroad and go out of season if they can.

Whatjusthappenedthere Mon 27-Aug-18 07:48:04

Poor you. YANBU. Same thing happened to us a few weeks ago. Turned up in Cornwall in the sunshine, woke up to two days of rain.we were only there for nights so I was gutted. I hope the sun shines for you today.

GoldilocksAndTheThreePears Mon 27-Aug-18 07:48:14

As a local, I do feel for most of the tourists stuck in non-holiday weather right now. Most, not all, because like most nights in summer I was woken every couple of hours by drunken yelling, booming music, and loud shouty conversation which turned out to be slightly tipsy middle aged people! I'm sure they'd have words about people yelling outside their bedroom windows at home but on holiday anything goes. Last week I looked out at some car horn beeping to see someone playing football in the road with a toddler and probably about 8 year old. In a regular road with actual traffic but holiday, anything goes!

Looking forward to everyone buggering off again grin

Whatjusthappenedthere Mon 27-Aug-18 07:48:30

3 nights. blush

stuckinagut Mon 27-Aug-18 07:49:15

Um the locals live there perfectly fine the other 11 months of the year when the county isn't swamped with visitors! We lived in Cornwall for 5 years, absolutely beautiful in May, June and September. Didn't bother trying to go anywhere on a Saturday in August. We have a similar problem now living close to a busy stretch of the M5.

Camping is shit for anything more than a night or two imo. Had a grim experience in Wales last year - wet, windy, cold, couldn't dry anything, 2 under 5s to keep preoccupied. Better off packing up and going home before the traffic.

bigKiteFlying Mon 27-Aug-18 07:53:31

maybe that lsort of holiday doesn't work in this country, with a kid so young.

^^ This.

Next year - cheap last min deal with Butlin’s or other holiday park with entertainment there if it's wet or rent an apartment - even a caravan would be better than a tent. We've holiday this time of year in UK - and this is what we have done.

You do get shit days of weather. We went a lot earlier this year and had a day or torrential rain - we weren't bothered as we were in the warm with TV and films and stuff the kids could do.

lardass88 Mon 27-Aug-18 07:55:26

I live in Cornwall and stay away from any "touristy" places during silly season. Even getting to work is a ball ache because of all the holiday makers.
Saying that like a PP poster said there's still lots of things left to do when the weather is rubbish. Can you book into a caravan for the rest of your stay to make it a bit more bearable?

Almondio Mon 27-Aug-18 07:56:22

Having spent the past two weeks in the same place, although in a relative's house rather than a tent, YANBU at all!

Miserable weather, the busiest I've seen it in the 22 years I've been visiting, hideous supermarket experiences and queuing traffic that never seems to abate. I've been looking for a week away in the sun in October half term ever since we got back and won't ever be going to Cornwall in August again!

Kahlua4me Mon 27-Aug-18 07:57:03

I love camping. Yes we have had years where it has rained non stop, but other times where the weather has been fantastic.

Can you put on waterproofs and wellies and spend the day at the beach? Your dd will love that, she won’t remember the rain...

Have a campfire when you get back with marshmallows and hot chocolate and play cards or other games your dd likes. Lots of wine for you too!

We camped a lot in Cornwall in the rain and our dc don’t really remember the weather just being happy 😊

Oh2beatsea Mon 27-Aug-18 08:04:43

Someone somewhere managed to brain wash us all and tell us that camping was a holiday - it’s not! Sorry but it’s just not! Putting shoes on and trekking out for a pee in the night, showering in a grubby shower block etc is not what I call a holiday. We’ve tried it in a tent and even bought a caravan - it’s still hassle and hard work - not what I call a holiday. Add in rain and wind and you turn into a friggin hostage in your tent or car. I can’t comment on Cornwall but we went to Devon this year (in a house) and the towns and roads were rammed! Such a long drive to get there (spread over 2 days) and we all said it wasn’t worth it! I really do sympathise with you OP - it sounds awful. I’m sorry it has been a let down.

DamsonWhine Mon 27-Aug-18 08:04:59

We weren’t camping but we had a similarly disastrous holiday last year in France. We came home early. The RELIEF when we’d made the decision was immense. It’s not admitting defeat, with a four year old it’s a sensible decision.

Plus we felt like naughty schoolchildren hiding from/being undisturbed by our parents when we got back grin

IheartNiles Mon 27-Aug-18 08:11:05

YANBU. Pack up and go home if the forecast isn’t improving, I was in cornwall this August (go there most years) and it was definitely the busiest I’d ever seen it. Lots of Europeans (I guess the weather and cheap £) visiting. There was no room for spontaneity, restaurants needed to be booked a week in advance and the streets were impassable. The countryside and non touristy coastline was ok. No fun in a rainy field camping I’m sure.

Ansumpasty Mon 27-Aug-18 08:17:14

If you don’t want to go home and can afford it, Air Bnb the rest of your holiday.

Plan where you want to go in advance and get there as early as possible. Try and take the lanes instead of the main roads.

I love Cornwall more than anywhere on Earth but not from a tent, so YABNU.

Camping, unless it’s warm and completely dry, is like a bloody indurance test.

lavendersunflowers Mon 27-Aug-18 08:21:11

Troopers, you really made me laugh flowers grin

Dilemmacentral Mon 27-Aug-18 08:21:51

Single mym. Two children.

And this is precisely why I will never camp in this country. Strikes me as false economy because it is more of an endurance challenge than anything enjoyable. Even in good weather it seems like bloody hard work.

5 star, all inclusive, Caribbean, every February. A proper wonderful holiday. Spoilt rotten, children love every second, as do I. Proper quality time together.

GreatDuckCookery6211 Mon 27-Aug-18 08:23:55

What a shame. Camping is only ever ok when the weather is dry. Even then I find it stressful and uncomfortable.

Hope the weather bucks up for you.

katiefromtheblock Mon 27-Aug-18 08:24:13


YANBU, and I am sorry you have had to tolerate such a shit holiday when you have been looking forward to it so much.

It sounds flippin' awful. I would never go camping - ever, as it always looks so uncomfortable (and I am a bit of a princess!) We used to go to a caravan when I was a kid that had no loo or shower (so we had to go to the ablutions block!) but it was solid and dry and comfortable with comfy beds!

And I would never go to Cornwall in the summer hols. It's a pretty county, but a ballache to visit, and parking and traffic (in the school hols) is dreadful!

Sorry, that doesn't help you at all! sad

No wonder some people go places outside of school holidays!

ItsLikeRainOnYourWeddingDay Mon 27-Aug-18 08:24:22

Yabu for moaning about the showers toilets etc, surely you researched he facilities before you went?

Labradoodliedoodoo Mon 27-Aug-18 08:26:30

Wales is far superior

GorgonLondon Mon 27-Aug-18 08:27:05

I don't understand which bit of this is different to what you would expect.

Late August weather in the UK is often terrible.

Camping is always appalling.

Cornwall in summer holidays is always hugely crowded.

Yanbu to hate it but yabu to have expected anything different.

BroomHandledMouser Mon 27-Aug-18 08:29:15


We’re currently in the IOW and it was fucking horrendous yesterday - some of the tents in our field collapsed and everyone’s shit blew away!

We’re week 2 into our holiday, and whilst it’s been ok it’s not relaxing with two children, damp clothes and a 5 min walk to the toilet blocks. The days out have been awesome though - and it’s not as busy!

The kids do enjoy it though, as does my husband. Although next year mama has got her way finally and we’re going to Spain for a week 😂😂

DaphneduM Mon 27-Aug-18 08:30:23

Obviously I don't know where you live, but if you came down via the M5 corridor, I would suggest you pack up and stop off somewhere quieter - Somerset is beautiful and fairly quiet with very good campsites!!! The weather is looking better today, too!!!!

sulflower Mon 27-Aug-18 08:31:30

YANBU. I hate camping and would never consider it but if I was in your shoes I'd do what PP's have said and pack up and head home. We went glamping in a Yurt for the first time the other weekend, log burning stove and huge ensuite bathroom. That is the closest I will ever get to camping. Loved it so much we are doing it again over the winter.

Sophia99 Mon 27-Aug-18 08:31:40

I can't really understand people saying 'get a hotel, or air b'n'b, or stay in a guest house. It's August, in CORNWALL - the OP has a better chance of sticking her tent stakes in the ground and striking oil, than she has of getting somewhere else to stay!

Sorry it's so awful OP, but yeah, come home, and as a few pps have said, fuck camping, it's a massive PITA when the weather is nice. I would defo prefer a caravan.

Good luck!

Saffy60 Mon 27-Aug-18 08:37:17

Many years ago I did a similar thing having found myself on my own as my DH had left me earlier in the year. So took children 5 and 3 and put up the rained DS5 was happy enough DD3 was miserable. Next morning the sun was out...brilliant. I shouted hello to the much older chap next door, he was reading his paper in a deck chair....I just thought surely not but went closer and checked! YES totally naked bar the paper. Packed and left!!!! The rest of the week should be better weather OP, we did lots of camping after that and it does get better, we did have fun times!

Lindy2 Mon 27-Aug-18 08:44:14

Where abouts in Cornwall are you?
We've just got back from 2 weeks there and other than a day trip to St Ives we didn't fund it crowded or busy at all. I was quite surprised.
The weather has been pretty overcast with just a few days of sunshine but I think it is getting better next week so you may still get some sun.
There were quite a few family friendly places to go that could be visited in all weathers. I'd be happy to list some for you. We were staying near Penzance.

AnyFucker Mon 27-Aug-18 08:45:27

Go home. Resolve never to make the same mistake again.

GeorgeTheHippo Mon 27-Aug-18 08:47:10

I do love that post suggesting the Caribbean 😂

Maybe not the most helpful??

AnnaMagnani Mon 27-Aug-18 08:48:14

Have been to Cornwall. It's nice but it's not that nice.

Most counties have owl sanctuaries, zoos, stately homes, a theme park in reasonable travelling distance, museums, places that are scenic. Also if you pick right they might not have hoards of people.

DH and I did our summer holiday around Leeds because I wanted to go to the DIY Kitchens showroom blush He thought I was mad. Actually there was loads to do and we loved it. And crowd-free everyday!

WizardOfToss Mon 27-Aug-18 08:49:21

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Headfullofdreams Mon 27-Aug-18 08:53:22

Camping is fine in good weather, I hate when it's cold/ rainy. I'd go home too. Love Cornwall but the long drive there, the traffic and the crowds put us off. Prefer to go to Wales.

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